does emac require apple cd-rom?

Frank January 28, 2009 at 18:10:59
Specs: Windows XP
working on an emac for relative, freebie from a school, and all that seems to be wrong is the cd rom quit. I have an old cd-rom from a pc, but can I install that into an apple? I wasn't sure if any cd rom would work, or if I need to order an apple brand cd rom. Thanks

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February 2, 2009 at 04:23:44
Apple CD-ROM's are apple branded. Meaning they have a little bit of code in their bios that tells the mac it's an genuine Apple CD-ROM.

In Mac OS 9. You can use any DVD/CD-ROM so long as you use the "Apple CD-ROM driver" version 5.3.1. Nothing before or after, it has to be that version number.

In Mac OS-X, I dont know of any drivers for it. It might work, or it might not work. I'm using a generic DVD-ROM in my 9600 and it works just fine in both.

Just make sure that the CD-ROM you have is the same standard as the machine your installing it into. IDE-IDE, SCSI-SCSI, SATA-SATA, etc.

PM9600(1 ghz G4)
512mb RAM
36gb SCSI
ATi 9250 PCI

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